Brides Can Drip in Jewels for Less, Thanks to Rent it Rani

I sincerely wish that I had known about Rent it Rani when I was a bride-to-be because it is a high-end jewelry rental service that ships anywhere in the continental United States.

What it’s Like to be Married When you Don’t Like Talking on the Phone

I’ll go to great lengths to avoid talking to people on the phone, a defense mechanism I believe stems from my childhood.

Ramadan Brings Couples Closer Together —That’s What I’ve Always Thought

I’ve always thought the month of Ramadan, the time to worship and not indulge so much in worldly matters, would strengthen one’s bond, make hearts flutter with each other’s commitment to God.

The Brown List: Staff Picks for June 2017

It’s summer time and BGM is turning up the heat with our fabulous staff picks. We’ll have you beach ready in no time with exclusive beauty DIY’s and product recommendations that are catered to YOU!

5 Real, not Alternative, Facts about Immigration

My mother confided in me that abstract notions of constitutionality and administrative law and liberty do not resonate with her as much as cold, hard facts. And so, I thought I would provide the facts. This week, I will explain and clarify the concerns surrounding Trump’s immigration policies.

Slain Muslim Teen Nabra Hassanen’s Memorial Burned in Nation’s Capitol

The memorial left by participants of Tuesday’s vigil in Washington D.C.’s Dupont Circle was set ablaze, according to officers.

Bridal Tips and Tricks from the Fashion Maestro, Sabyasachi

Sabyasachi gives invaluable advice on bridal do’s and don’ts, upcoming trends and how to style yourself for your big day.

Why I’m Struggling to Accept My Body Hair, but I’m Still Trying

I’m not like other girls. And when I say this, I don’t mean it in a condescending way…

Austria: A Little Bit Of Mozart And So Much More

The snowy weather was more intense in Salzburg compared to Austria, but despite the cold, I think the snow added to the amazing, historical views of the city.

‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ Introduces Some Delightful Brown Protagonists for Young Adults

Author Sandhya Menon with her New York Times Bestseller When Dimple Met Rishi (WDMR) provides an answer to readers of South Asian heritage, who have long been asking the question: Where are all the brown protagonists?

Teenager Nabra Hassanen Murdered While Returning from Mosque During Ramadan

by Sruveera Sathi ­ – Follow @browngirlmag In the early morning hours of…

Ramadan Brings Couples Closer Together —That’s What I’ve Always Thought

I’ve always thought the month of Ramadan, the time to worship and not indulge so much in worldly matters, would strengthen one’s bond, make hearts flutter with each other’s commitment to God.

The 9to5 Misfits Talk About Their Experience Immigrating to the U.S.

For Pavi and Nammy, being immigrants in a new country was rough — having to suddenly change their name, accent, dress, mannerisms, and even handwriting felt more like being spies on a covert mission than normal teenagers trying to fit in.

Dear Single Ladies: You Are a Brilliant Wonder Woman

For single desi women in their 30s and 40s, the comments from others just keep on coming and coming and coming. No matter how many times you hit them, they keep on coming, like tennis balls out of a machine. At some point, you just want to throw your racket away and run.

#WeDoBelongHere: Why I’m Still Proud to Be American, Despite Stereotypes

Every Fourth of July, when the Internet (or at least my corner) is abuzz about the hypocrisy of the United States celebrating a history of violence, war, and discrimination, I feel a little guilty for enjoying the day.

The Travel Ban Isn’t New: America’s History of Restrictive Immigrant Legislation – Part II

Indians revel in their successes in America since the doors opened but completely gloss over the struggles and racism experienced by the first Indians who immigrated. Pioneers like Dalip Singh Saund, who lobbied and fought for citizenship rights for Asians and the struggles of the San Francisco-based Gadar party are all but unknown to the Indian American community.

The Travel Ban Isn’t New: America’s History of Restrictive Immigrant Legislation – Part I

“GET out of my country” is what the white, Navy veteran Adam Purinton is alleged to have said before shooting and killing Indian Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding Alok Madasani in Austin’s Bar

Dear Everyone: My Culture is Not a Costume For You

The same kids that thought my traditional clothing was weird, that my food smelled funny and who assumed my culture was barbaric, are now walking around wearing bindis, matha pattis (headpieces) and saris, raving about how their life has changed after throwing some turmeric in their latte.

How I Learned to See The Worth in My South Asian Beauty

In kindergarten, my friend Emma took it upon herself to explain that my darker skin and bushy eyebrows meant that I would never be pretty. I didn’t question Emma’s words at the time because, validated by her shiny blonde hair and pale green eyes, how could she have been wrong?

‘Extremely British Muslims’ –– An Insight Into Religion or Culture?

The promising promos of UK Channel 4’s new reality series, “Extremely British Muslims” were a good start—I could almost picture myself liking this show.

Dear Dad, Thank You for the Comedy

In we went. Together. For my interview. Dad in tow. Like my bodyguard.

Libyan-American, Malak Kikhia, Makes it her Job to Show the Positive Side of Muslims

by Cathy Cassata – Follow @browngirlmag The following post was republished from Healthline…

The Journey East: How Queens Native Prashantt Guptha Broke into Bollywood

A native of Queens, New York, Guptha moved to Mumbai to live out his Bollywood dreams. However, his journey has not been easy.

Meet Shinjini Das: A ‘Go-Getter’ Girl Devoted to Women’s Empowerment

by Alicia Chinatomby – Follow @aliciac_7 – Shinjini Das’ riveting “Go-Getter Girl”…

Hasan Minhaj’s ‘Homecoming King’ is the TED Talk/Comedy Fusion You Need to See

Through self-deprecating humor and biting cultural insights, Hasan Minhaj helps the audience experience something unique: coming of age in America—in brown skin.

Sonali Pai Revolutionizes Children’s Programs with STEAM-Based Learning

“STEAM is the new STEM,” says Sonali Pai, making reference to the addition of ‘arts’ to traditional STEM-based curriculums.

Brown Girl of the Month Meral Kathwari Runs a Global Business While Studying Journalism

Meral Kathwari is the owner and director of Kathwari of Kashmir, an…

The Mental Health Spotlight: BG Jessie Brar

I started The Mental Health Spotlight to help shed light on the topic of mental health in the South Asian community. Through the power of storytelling and fact sharing, I hope to create a safe environment where we can speak openly about mental health.

Shaun Jayachandran Gives Kids in India a Chance at Education Using Basketball

Shaun Jayachandran is the founder of Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy (aka…

‘The Adventures of Molz’ Brings Childhood Memories to Life While Teaching an Important Life Lesson to Kids

The first book in this new series, tells the tale of her love and friendship with her Ammachi (grandmother) and Aama (turtle).

GIPHY Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month With Every Asian-Centric GIF you Ever Wanted

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPIH) Month, our friends at GIPHY (big shout out to Priya Shah, their South Asian editor) decided to take advantage of the power of a GIF by honoring minorities who aren’t always represented in mainstream media.

The Brown List: Staff Picks for June 2017

It’s summer time and BGM is turning up the heat with our fabulous staff picks. We’ll have you beach ready in no time with exclusive beauty DIY’s and product recommendations that are catered to YOU!

Why I’m Struggling to Accept My Body Hair, but I’m Still Trying

I’m not like other girls. And when I say this, I don’t mean it in a condescending way…

5 Beauty Products Every Girl Needs This Summer

There are ways you can enjoy the patio weather and the glories of the perfect summer skin, and it all depends on the beauty products you use.

Friends Groups Spends Hours Getting Ready To Look Exactly Like Every Other Girl At Party

CHICAGO, IL – A stick of red lipstick, some intense hair straightening, and a simple swipe of cat eyeliner later, the girls getting ready at Apt. 908 are ready for their Uber heading to Naina Khanna’s birthday party.

Trending Now: The Summer Breeze and Graphic Tees

You may have noticed a sudden spike in the number of graphic tees in stores, online, and in Instagram posts—even in places you may not have expected!

4 Fail-Proof Tips for a Better Slumber

I knew exactly how to get my sleep cycle restarted again.

3 Ways Every Brown Boy Can Rock the Hat this Summer

A hat could add statement to a casually worn t-shirt with a cool pair of jeans.

How I Learned to See The Worth in My South Asian Beauty

In kindergarten, my friend Emma took it upon herself to explain that my darker skin and bushy eyebrows meant that I would never be pretty. I didn’t question Emma’s words at the time because, validated by her shiny blonde hair and pale green eyes, how could she have been wrong?

Here’s How to Double Up Your Summer Look with Denim on Denim

Denim on Denim, also known as Double Denim, is a trend that has been around for decades.

South Asian Women are Making an Everlasting Mark in the Pageant World, and Chhavi Verg Shows us How

Verg’s 1st runner-up placement in the pageant was a historical first and I’m sure she had all the Brown Girls supporting her across the nation. I know I was one of them.

The Journey East: How Queens Native Prashantt Guptha Broke into Bollywood

A native of Queens, New York, Guptha moved to Mumbai to live out his Bollywood dreams. However, his journey has not been easy.

Swet Shop Boys: A Discussion on Representation, Politics, and Entertainment

We are fans of the Swet Shop Boys, but not gullible fans. Judging by the music of these two mystics, they wouldn’t want us as to be anything but critical.

Hasan Minhaj’s ‘Homecoming King’ is the TED Talk/Comedy Fusion You Need to See

Through self-deprecating humor and biting cultural insights, Hasan Minhaj helps the audience experience something unique: coming of age in America—in brown skin.

First-Ever South Asian A Capella Championship Equals Smashing Success

The Association of South Asian A Capella hosted the first annual All-American Awaaz, which marks the first of many South Asian a capella championships.

4 Years of ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’: The Lessons I Have Learned

We all come across stories with which we connect, that remind us of ourselves or those we love, that paint the picture of the lives we’d like to live and the people we’d like to be – and for me, that was “YJHD.”

‘Extremely British Muslims’ –– An Insight Into Religion or Culture?

The promising promos of UK Channel 4’s new reality series, “Extremely British Muslims” were a good start—I could almost picture myself liking this show.

VGo Expands the Horizons of Bollywood Fusion with ‘EXPANSE’

Following rave reviews and warm reception from the desi dance network in North America, VGo is back with a vengeance and ready to release yet another EP entitled “EXPANSE.”

Priyanka Chopra on ‘Baywatch’ and the Importance of South Asian representation

We recently spoke with Chopra about her portrayal of Victoria Leeds in “Baywatch” as well as how she chooses powerful roles that stand out.

Priyanka Chopra Dazzles in Otherwise Mediocre ‘Baywatch’

There is exactly one reason I wanted to watch the upcoming film “Baywatch”: Priyanka Chopra. If this is your reason too, you won’t be disappointed.

Celebrating Bollywood Icon and Staple Karan Johar for his 45th Birthday

by Anjali Bhakta – Follow @anjaliib  Director, producer, actor, talk show host extraordinaire,…

I Woke Up Next to a Rape Survivor

I woke up this morning next to a rape survivor. She was preparing for her first day in a new position.

The Travel Ban Isn’t New: America’s History of Restrictive Immigrant Legislation – Part II

Indians revel in their successes in America since the doors opened but completely gloss over the struggles and racism experienced by the first Indians who immigrated. Pioneers like Dalip Singh Saund, who lobbied and fought for citizenship rights for Asians and the struggles of the San Francisco-based Gadar party are all but unknown to the Indian American community.

The Travel Ban Isn’t New: America’s History of Restrictive Immigrant Legislation – Part I

“GET out of my country” is what the white, Navy veteran Adam Purinton is alleged to have said before shooting and killing Indian Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding Alok Madasani in Austin’s Bar

The ‘Triple-Five’ to Get Your Booty Toned for Bikini Season

Here’s the “triple-five” to get you going: five booty-toning exercises when done correctly for five minutes, five days a week will start yielding results the first week you do them!

Religion is Not the Only Way: This Ramadan, Let’s Consider Those with Mental Illnesses

by Faria Akram – Follow @followingfaria It’s 9 AM on a Saturday…

The Vicious Cycle: How My Productivity Became My Identity

While other kids were just carefree and couldn’t care less about the number of awards they won, I would be at home almost heartbroken that I didn’t win more awards than certain people. While other kids were having fun, my mind would be burdened with how to work harder to get the most awards and the best grades the next year.

Mexican Pizzas and Cheese Fries: Why I Strive to be a Relatable Fitness Instructor

Before I even start, I want to set a disclaimer. Every single fitness instructor does things differently and all are correct in their own way. While some strive to be healthy in each and every conscious decision they make, others let loose once in awhile.

They All Tell Me That I am Crazy

“You are crazy.”

No, I am not. I’m just scared that I will lose the people I care about the most. I’m just terrified that the people who I need the most right now will turn their backs because I am too much work.

Help! The Pressure to Marry and Have Kids is Destroying Us

For whatever reason – biological, financial, psychological – some of us have not been lucky enough to turn our own dreams into a reality yet, if ever. Unfortunately, insensitive relatives and even friends often overlook our circumstances and fail to show compassion.

Who Said Indian Food Can’t be Healthy? 5 Quick Fusion Foods for On-the-Go Millenials

While on the go, it is sometimes tough to find healthy, tasty snacks that are inexpensive, rich, yet light. In addition, most people consider Indian food the opposite of the above—heavy, unhealthy, and difficult to eat quickly.

Ramadan Brings Couples Closer Together —That’s What I’ve Always Thought

I’ve always thought the month of Ramadan, the time to worship and not indulge so much in worldly matters, would strengthen one’s bond, make hearts flutter with each other’s commitment to God.

5 Real, not Alternative, Facts about Immigration

My mother confided in me that abstract notions of constitutionality and administrative law and liberty do not resonate with her as much as cold, hard facts. And so, I thought I would provide the facts. This week, I will explain and clarify the concerns surrounding Trump’s immigration policies.

Slain Muslim Teen Nabra Hassanen’s Memorial Burned in Nation’s Capitol

The memorial left by participants of Tuesday’s vigil in Washington D.C.’s Dupont Circle was set ablaze, according to officers.

‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ Introduces Some Delightful Brown Protagonists for Young Adults

Author Sandhya Menon with her New York Times Bestseller When Dimple Met Rishi (WDMR) provides an answer to readers of South Asian heritage, who have long been asking the question: Where are all the brown protagonists?

Teenager Nabra Hassanen Murdered While Returning from Mosque During Ramadan

by Sruveera Sathi ­ – Follow @browngirlmag In the early morning hours of…

‘The Apartment with Asif and Baluch’ is a Podcast with a Visual Experience

Asif and Baluch’s podcast, launched in 2016, is different than most: “The Apartment” is recorded both aurally and visually, and features immersive conversations set (appropriately) in Baluch’s Los Angeles apartment.

The 9to5 Misfits Talk About Their Experience Immigrating to the U.S.

For Pavi and Nammy, being immigrants in a new country was rough — having to suddenly change their name, accent, dress, mannerisms, and even handwriting felt more like being spies on a covert mission than normal teenagers trying to fit in.

#WeDoBelongHere: Why I’m Still Proud to Be American, Despite Stereotypes

Every Fourth of July, when the Internet (or at least my corner) is abuzz about the hypocrisy of the United States celebrating a history of violence, war, and discrimination, I feel a little guilty for enjoying the day.

I Admit it, I’m the Enabler in my Female Relationships

The female friend that avoids handing out the bitter slap of truth in order to not seem like a “bitch.”

The Spreading Effects of Donald Trump’s White Supremacist Ideology

America has not been the only country affected by the election of the 45th U.S. president. Our neighbors to the north have also been touched by the “Trump Effect.”